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Choices (feat. Phonte, BeMyFiasco & Kay Young)

from To What End by Oddisee

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Right about now it’s about that time/
For me to say on record what I think off line/
I made a choice to be a man if you ain’t, that’s fine/
How you identify your biz I don’t make that mine/
first thing I ever planned was a pregnancy/
Before I had a child never I thought about destiny/
Cheffing up a beat it wasn’t off of no receipt/
When Labels came to peep it I would offer a specialty/
95 north I’m in an office who checking me/
Could have went south like New Orleans or Tennessee/
Nothing meant to be even a calling collect fee/
Cause ain’t effecting me I’m involved in what’s stressing me/
Was brought up by enemies that were off in their energy/
It was often my guardians that would part on me misery/
Their heart was in place where jobs wouldn’t let them be/
I made a choice to never let the toxins get into me, eventually/

I keep hearing voice drowning out the sounds/
La, lala, lala
La, lala, lala, la la
I keep making choices trying not to drown/
ooh I need you now/
La, lala, lala, la la

I’m thinking back on my block/
Way before I knew if this rapping would happen or not/
I used to stand and just watch/
My OG’a say s*** like, if this don’t pan out, we going back to the pots/
Let’s exam in the plot/
and just imagine that you standing at a crossroads/
To overcome or overkill/
You could choose to politic it or choose to keep it real/
And still get your whole family shot like Olan mills/
All for the Benjamins tell me, what’s the benefit/
Wait too long and you choose wrong dog I will never hear the end of it /
Stress on my chest it’s a need I feed with weed and acetaminophen/
Just so I can roll with the punches and the upper cuts/
Under the pressure I feel it/
when choosing a life that is neither ideal nor Idyllic/
My friends in low places, keep me in high spirits/
So I’m out/

I keep hearing voice drowning out the sounds/
La, lala, lala
La, lala, lala, la la
I keep making choices trying not to drown/
ooh I need you now/
La, lala, lala, la la

Yeah, I’m proud, I ain’t ever quit/
I’d be lying if I said, I didn’t think it/
From a young child, God gave me a vision/
And ever since I’ve been about my business/
But when the road gets tough and life gets hard/
Hit you in the face not once but twice or more/
Don’t throw in the towel/
Oh baby don’t oh baby no/
Don’t worry Joys on the other side/
Cause when I hit the stage and I get blinded by the lights/
Crowd, singing my lyrics is a different kind of high/
Sold a bag of merch, floating on a cloud/
Take a few pics with the fans so wild/
Oh!
I’ma do it I’ma do it/
Aye!
In my DNA so fluid/
Oh!
Made a promise to myself just own it/
Aye!
And show the young Kay I’m still going/
Im still going/

I keep hearing voice drowning out the sounds/
La, lala, lala
La, lala, lala, la la
I keep making choices trying not to drown/
ooh I need you now/
La, lala, lala, la la

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from To What End, released January 20, 2023
Written by: Oddisee, BeMyFiasco, Phonte & Kay Young
Produced by Oddisee
Additional instrumentation by:
Ralph Real - keys

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